Houston Chronicle, October 21, 2011
Proving even a recession is no match for its fund-raising abilities, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center announced Thursday that its just-completed philanthropic campaign took in $1.2 billion. The campaign, aimed mostly at research, continued even after reaching its original target of $1 billion in August 2010. It still finished more than two months ahead of the planned finish date. "This money will have a substantial impact in the fight against cancer," said Dr. Ronald DePinho, who took over as M.D. Anderson's new president Sept. 1. "It will allow us to establish world-leading capabilities in areas of tremendous unmet needs, areas that ordinarily are very difficult to secure funding for." DePinho specifically mentioned M.D. Anderson's program to molecularly profile the tumor of every patient, an important step toward personalizing cancer treatment; search for signs that indicate whether a tumor is likely to be lethal; and efforts to improve the early detection of cancer. Some 200 donors accounted for 70% of the campaign total.